A bill sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives seeking to put an end to age discrimination among job seekers in Federal Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) passed a second reading on Wednesday.

 

The bill sponsored was aimed at ensuring that age will no longer be a barrier to job seekers all over Nigeria, as most Nigerians are usually disqualified from government employments and private jobs on the basis of age.

 

The bill which was sponsored by Sergius Ogun (APC, Edo) and Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos), reads “Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in Federal Government Agencies; and for Related Matters (HB. 1502)”.

According to the law maker, the new law will first take effect in Federal Government MDAs with the hope that private employers of labour would follow suit later.

He said; “It is a key responsibility of we parliamentarians, as representatives of the people, to ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is discriminated against with regard to age in employment opportunities in Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs),” Ogun submitted.

 

He further said that the bill will reduce the number of unemployed graduates and school leavers roaming on the streets.

 

Co-sponsor of the bill, Benson, called for the abolition of such barriers that “deprives qualified, energetic, and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to fulfil their goals and contribute to societal development.”